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Inventory of the Environmental Affairs Agency Records
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Series Descriptions

R284.001, Box 1/1-Box 2/11

Series 1 Bill Files 1983-1986

Physical Description: 31 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by legislative session, then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files contain analyses, correspondence, notes, reports, and background material regarding state legislation that would affect programs administered by the Environmental Affairs Agency, as well as issues under its jurisdiction. Legislative topics include water rights, dumping and storage of hazardous materials, emission standards, solid waste disposal facilities, pesticide use, and air and water pollution.
1983-1984: AB46-AB4047, ACR15, AJR10-AJR133 (12ff) Box 1/1-1/12
1983-1984: SB77-SB2332, SCR16-SCR60, SJR38 (9ff) Box 1/12-2/1
1985-1986: AB126-AB4325, ACR85, AJR42 (6ff) Box 2/2-2/7
1985-1986: SB59-SB2562, SCR5, SJR6 (4ff) Box 2/8-2/11
R284.002, Box 2/12-Box 2/13

Series 2 Proposed Legislation Files 1983-1986

Physical Description: 2 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains analysis of specific bills and general legislative topics proposed by the boards administered by the Environmental Affairs Agency: the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Waste Management Board, and the Air Resources Board. Many of these proposed measures address the ability of each of the boards to conduct analysis, issue and revoke permits, and administer programs. Other subjects include water treatment plants, water rights, litter law enforcement, toxic air contaminants, and the monitoring of acid deposition. Also present within the files are legislative measures drafted upon request of the Governor, which focus primarily on the control and proper disposal of hazardous waste.
R284.003, Box 2/14-Box 2/15

Series 3 Federal Legislation Files 1983-1986

Physical Description: 2 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

The Environmental Affairs Agency closely followed several federal legislative measures, due to their potential significant affect on California environmental law. These measures consist of HR6365 (1982), the "Panetta Moratorium Bill" which sought to halt development of California's outer continental shelf; HR3400 (1983), which aimed to reduce acid rain through pollution control; and HR1650 (1985), which amended the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Files include news releases, correspondence, press clippings, notes, publications, and legislative analysis.
R284.004, Box 2/16-Box 11/7

Series 4 Subject Files 1976-1991

Physical Description: 232 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files span a wide variety of topics of interest to the Environmental Affairs Agency, and typically consist of correspondence, background material, notes, and reports. Some subjects include artificial reefs, oil drilling fluids and cuttings, marine sanctuaries, oil refineries, nuclear power plants, hard mineral mining, and sea otter recovery and translocation. Also notable are files kept on specific oil companies, and their offshore activities. The file for Exxon Company, U.S.A., for example, includes correspondence and litigation relating to the Exxon-Valdez oil spill of 1989.
For an alphabetical list of subject headings, see Appendix A in Additional Series Information.

Additional Series Information

R284.005, Box 11/8-Box 11/22

Series 5 Air Quality Files 1977-1987

Physical Description: 15 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Environmental Affairs Agency worked continuously towards achieving consistency between California state law and federal environmental laws, specifically the Clean Air Act, and implementing policies to improve California's air quality. Materials found in the Air Quality files were used by the agency as they addressed issues related to emission levels, air pollution and the monitoring of air quality. The files consist of correspondence, rules and regulations, background material, notes, reports, scientific studies and influential litigation. Specific topics include exploratory drilling emissions, aerometric monitoring programs, California v. Watt, environmental impact reports, air pollution in Santa Barbara County, and the Tri-Agency Air Quality Task Force.
R284.006, Box 11/23-Box 12/14

Series 6 Gorda Ridge Files 1982-1986

Physical Description: 20 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

This series relates to the United States Department of the Interior's proposed lease sale of the sea floor off the California and Oregon coasts, called the Gorda Ridge, for deep-sea strip mining of zinc, copper, iron, lead, and silver in 1984. The decision to lease the Gorda Ridge initiated much controversy in California, especially among those in the fishing and mining industries. The Gorda Ridge files include background material, correspondence, public hearing transcripts, environmental impact statements, and press releases. Particularly significant are the files of the Gorda Ridge Technical Task Force, a fifteen member advisory body charged with making recommendations to the Department of the Interior regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement issued for the lease sale of Gorda Ridge.
R284.007, Box 12/15-Box 13/13

Series 7 California Coastal Commission Files 1978-1989

Physical Description: 20 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

As the Governor's Outer Continental Shelf Policy Coordinator, the Secretary of Environmental Affairs was consistently involved with the California Coastal Commission and its work to plan and regulate the use of land and water in the coastal zone. The California Coastal Commission Files consist of background material, correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, reports, and regulatory proposals that reflect the working relationship between the two organizations. Topics include the Ocean Studies Program, proposed regulations and local Coastal Zone Management programs.
R284.008, Box 13/14-Box 14/5

Series 8 Coastal States Organization Files 1981-1989

Physical Description: 11 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of files related to the Coastal States Organization, a forum for Governors of all coastal states participating in the resolution of nationally significant coastal conflicts. The Coastal States Organization led the legislative effort to enact the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, which encouraged coastal states to design and implement coastal zone management plans. The Coastal States Organization files include meeting minutes, publications, correspondence, memoranda, and other material of interest to the Environmental Affairs Agency relating to California's coastal zone management plan. Some topics that may be significant to researchers include the Exclusive Economic Zone and the regulation of dredge disposal by the Army Corps of Engineers.
R284.009, Box 14/6-Box 15/18

Series 9 Department of the Interior Files 1978-1994

Physical Description: 35 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries: (1) General Files and (2) Environmental Studies Plans.
R284.009

Subseries 1 General Files 1978-1991

Physical Description: 22 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content

General Files consists of correspondence, news releases, proposed rules and regulations, and other material documenting the exchanges between the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Affairs Agency. Of particular importance is the Five Year Environmental Studies Program, which outlines Department of the Interior plans for outer continental shelf development. Other topics include proprietary information agreements, the Georges Bank Biological Task Force, and Quarterly Program Status Reports.
R284.009

Subseries 2 Environmental Studies Plans 1981-1994

Physical Description: 13 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by fiscal year.

Scope and Content

Environmental Studies Plans functioned as a means to implement environmental studies prior to any outer continental shelf development activities in the Pacific Region. Each environmental studies plan was distributed by the Environmental Affairs Agency on behalf of the Department of the Interior, to provide state and local agencies and organizations with an opportunity to review the plans and make recommendations.
R284.010, Box 15/19-Box 17/20

Series 10 Outer Continental Shelf Files 1977-1991

Physical Description: 51 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Environmental Affairs Agency supervised and coordinated outer continental shelf policies for the State of California, working closely with local governments and the federal government. The Outer Continental Shelf files reflect the agency's specific interests and concerns regarding California's outer continental shelf, and cover topics such as the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1978, management of royalties, labor in the offshore oil industry, and the potential environmental impacts of outer continental shelf development. They consist of meeting minutes, publications, correspondence, press clippings, and litigation. The files also include photographs and photographic slides documenting California's aesthetic coastal resources in places like Humboldt and Orange counties, which were impacted by various development projects.
R284.011, Box 17/21-Box 19/8

Series 11 Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale Files 1974-1991

Physical Description: 46 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries: (1) OCS Leasing Subject Files and (2) OCS Lease Sale Files.
R284.011

Subseries 1 OCS Leasing Subject Files 1974-1991

Physical Description: 13 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content

Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Subject Files contain meeting minutes, litigation, correspondence, reports, public hearing transcripts, Draft Environmental Impact Reports, and other material pertaining to the outer continental shelf leasing policies of the state and federal government. Subjects include leasing permit assistance, lease bidding systems, leasing moratoriums, and exploration of possible lease areas in the outer continental shelf. Potentially of interest to researchers are materials relating to the "Big Five Support Staff," a working group composed of representatives from the State Lands Commission, the California Coastal Commission, and the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. The "Big Five" held periodic meetings from 1985-1987 to discuss offshore oil development projects and issues, including leases and pending litigation.
R284.011

Subseries 2 Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale Files 1980-1989

Physical Description: 15 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content

Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale Files include correspondence, reports, and other material concerning individual lease sales offshore of California. The most controversial of these was arguably Lease Sale E-83-5, or the Point Conception Lease Sale, which the State Lands Commission sought to open to competitive bids from oil companies. The 40,000 acres of land in question were located in the waters offshore of Santa Barbara County, extending from Point Conception to Point Arguello. The proposed lease sale marked the first instance that new lands were opened to leasing since the 1969 oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara.
R284.012, Box 19/9-Box 21/13

Series 12 Outer Continental Shelf Advisory Board Files 1977-1991

Physical Description: 47 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged into four subseries: (1) Outer Continental Shelf Advisory Board General Files, (2) Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee Files, (3) Pacific Regional Technical Working Group Files, and (4) Scientific Committee Files.

Scope and Content

The Environmental Affairs Agency collected materials relating to the Outer Continental Advisory Board, an organization comprised of three committees, which functioned to provide advice to the federal Department of the Interior. Gordon W. Duffy, the Secretary of Environmental Affairs, was appointed to the policy committee in 1983.
R284.12

Subseries 1 Outer Continental Shelf Advisory Board General Files 1981-1994

Physical Description: 6 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content

Outer Continental Shelf Advisory Board General Files contain general information of importance to the Advisory Board. This subseries consists of Background Materials, which include correspondence, board resolutions, reports, and meeting minutes; and Events and Opportunities for Action, which contain "OCS Event Bulletins" that provide information on litigation, leasing programs, and state and federal government responses to issues pertaining to outer continental shelf development.
R284.012

Subseries 2 Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee Files 1980-1991

Physical Description: 36 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee Files is composed of meeting minutes, litigation, correspondence, committee resolutions, and information about committee membership and attendance. The materials cover the time period of 1980-1991. The files reveal how the committee functioned in its capacity as an advisory body to the Department of the Interior, and include information related to monitoring lease sales, coordinating leasing incentives and strategies, and developing policies to regulate development of the outer continental shelf. Also within the files are records from the Subcommittee on the Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program. The subcommittee functioned as regional subcommittee of the Policy Committee. The file on the subcommittee includes committee reports, member information, meeting agendas, and correspondence.
R284.012

Subseries 3 Pacific Regional Technical Working Group Files 1979-1991

Physical Description: 4 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

Pacific Regional Technical Working Group Files include meeting minutes, meeting agendas, correspondence, press clippings, and information about committee membership and attendance. These materials range in date from 1979-1991. Delegated to advise the Secretary of the Department of the Interior on matters of regional concern regarding lease sale activities and transportation related studies and management plans, the Pacific Regional Technical Working Group explored topics like crude oil pipelines, transportation within offshore lease sale areas, and studies and measures to mitigate the impacts of outer continental shelf development in the pacific region.
R284.012

Subseries 4 Scientific Committee File 1979-1981

Physical Description: 1 file folder

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

The Scientific Committee File is comprised of one file folder of material covering the period 1979-1981. These materials include meeting minutes, meeting agendas, and notes on meeting participation. The Scientific Committee provided advice to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior regarding the appropriateness and scientific value of the outer continental shelf studies program conducted offshore by the Bureau of Land Management. The committee adopted resolutions that affected the scope of the environmental studies undertaken by the Bureau of Land Management, appealed for increased funding for environmental studies, and issued scientific reports to the Policy Committee to aid in policy development.
R284.013, Box 21/14-Box 22/7

Series 13 Lake Tahoe Files 1971-1985

Physical Description: 18 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content

Lake Tahoe files consist of background material, correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, reports and litigation. These materials concern subjects like water quality, water quantity, erosion control, transportation, and air quality in the Lake Tahoe area. Files contain information about the conflict between state agencies and the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and the California-Nevada Interstate Compact, an agreement that allocated water from Lake Tahoe to both California and Nevada. Also of interest are the files kept on Brockway Springs, a controversial development project proposed for Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe that was opposed by the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
R284.014, Box 22/7-Box 23/5

Series 14 Budget Files 1975-1985

Physical Description: 20 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by fiscal year.

Scope and Content

Budget files are composed of correspondence, reports, and budget change proposals for the boards administered by the Environmental Affairs Agency, including the Air Resources Board, the Solid Waste Management Board, and the State Water Resources Control Board. Budget change proposals consist of program maintenance and reorganization, adding or expanding new program functions, and implementing legislation. The boards often requested increased funding for special programs, like the Resource Recovery and Recycling Program, the Air Pollution Control Program, and the Leviathon Mine Pollution Abatement Project.
Note to the researcher: The budget file for the 1983-1984 fiscal year is missing from the series.